Unnecessary island loved tourists

The island of Aruba has a lot in common with the Antilles of the Netherlands, about which "I" wrote recently (B 5 (212), with. ten). And they lie nearby apart from each other in the Caribbean, and the climate on them is similar (clear sunny weather all year round), and they say the inhabitants of both territories in the same language – Dutch. A few centuries of Aruba was an integral part of the Netherlands Antille. And she lived as it were in the shadow of the neighboring, more developed and rich, CuraƧao Island. But in this century, Aruba made a powerful jerk "out of the shadow" – Up to the full compartment and from the Antille Islands, and from the Netherlands.

At the dawn of colonization, nothing foreshadowed the current prosperity of Aruba. According to one version, the name of the island comes from the Spanish expression "Oro Hubo", What means "It was gold" (in the sense of "it was, yes swolled"). In 1499, shortly after the opening of America, Columbus, the Spaniards decided to attach Aruba to their empire. However, without finding the precious metal, they dubbed this piece of sushi Isla Inutila (useless island) and abandoned him on the mercy of fate.

The Dutch picked up an incommary property and for four centuries slowly grazed lives here and plowed the earth to feed the few population.

Nice days arrived in 1924, when the transnational company ESSO built a refinery plant here – at that time the largest in the world. In 1985, the plant was closed, then, in 1991, they launched again. But during that time, while he stood, mad money was invested in the construction of modern hotels in Aruba, 11 casino roulettes were tweezed – and a tourist boom began, which still began. More than half a million tourists coming here every year, provide a full life of 80 thousand indigenous people.

Raissed revolutions were filled with consciousness of their own significance. As a result, the island in 1986 stood out into an independent administrative unit (while under the control of Holland), and 10 years later found independence.

In the financial sphere, independence was marked by the refusal of the monetary unit of the Netherlands Antille Islands – Gulden. On Aruba, they were released in the appeal. Denzak – Arucian Florin. True, the purchasing power of Antille Gulden and Florin is absolutely identical. The exchange rate and the other is supported at 1.79 for 1 US dollar.

American dollars, by the way, on Aruba (as in many other Islands of West Indies) actually play the role of the second official currency. And in luxury casinos, and in small lavety bills with portraits of American presidents accept no questions at the official rate. For discounts or some special signs of attention from the sellers holders "Green" paper should not count, but also change dollars in banks they don’t have absolutely no need.

But if there are other currencies in the pockets of resting (at least even the guilders of the former metropolis or fraternal Netherlands Antilles), the visit to the bank can not be avoided. In the capital of Aruba – Oranjestad – they are open on weekdays from 8.00 to 16.00.

Unnecessary island loved tourists

Banks can be useful to you if you, like many guests of the former Dutch colony, decide to make a brief excursion to one of the nearby coastal resorts of Venezuela. Some amount in Venezuelan currency – Bolivars – it makes sense to buy before leaving Aruba.

All Curbsticks, hotels and casinos accept payment by credit cards. The scope of the use of road checks is somewhat already, but they can also be paid in all establishments, one way or another related to the service of foreign guests.

In addition to the beach pleasures and gambling business, Aruba has another very attractive party for foreign tourists. The whole island is, in fact, the big store Duty Free.

Formally, Aruba is not a free economic zone and does not have any other similar status. But taxes for the sale of most goods in the island republic are very low: only 3.3%. Therefore, high-quality products of European production: Swiss watches, Danish porcelain, French perfume, brandy and liqueurs, clothes from pure British wool – stand here much cheaper than in the old world and in North America. Judging by the volume of imports of prestigious consumer goods per capita, residents of Aruba – Scary Moth and Sibarites. In fact, all this is offended not by them, but foreigners who are then exporting luxury objects outside the island, including there, where these wonderful things were made: in Switzerland, France, England.

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